There has been no response from the Israeli prime minister, but demonstrations are taking place throughout several parts of Israel, including outside Netanyahu’s residence and a main rally outside the defense ministry in Tel Aviv.
There are several schools of thought among these demonstrators.
The first is to release all the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails in exchange for the more than 240 captives inside the Gaza Strip.
There is another thought where these people are saying there should not be any release of Palestinian prisoners. There should not be any ceasefire. There should not be any humanitarian aid until the captives are returned.
The Israeli prime minister has been clear, though, that there will be no talks of a ceasefire, no talks of additional humanitarian aid, unless the captives are part of that deal.
The Qassam Brigades – Hamas’s military wing – earlier this evening said that about 60 Israeli captives have since died because of the continued Israeli bombardment. We have not been able to independently verify that information. The Israeli military has also not been able to verify that information.
But these demonstrations by the Israelis are really to put pressure on the government and a lot of them are also calling on Netanyahu to withdraw, holding him directly responsible for the captivity.